State I.D.

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A state-issued identification card can come in handy for a variety of reasons. If you do not choose to carry one or you are not old enough for a driver’s license, a state I.D. can be used in any situation where you may need to present proof of your identity including making credit card transactions, voting and even when boarding a domestic flight.

What is Required to Get a State I.D. Card?

A state I.D. or non-driver identification card can be used as a photographic identification for those without a driver’s license. They are ideal for proving your identity, date of birth and address. Many states do not have age requirements non-driver identification cards but it is always a good idea to double check before you apply.

If you do not currently have a learner license or a driver’s license, it may be a good idea to apply for a state identification card. It is also important to keep in mind that you cannot carry both a state-issued identification card and a driver’s license at the same time. If you currently hold a driver’s license, you must surrender it when applying for a state I.D. card.

To apply for a state I.D. card, most states require that you are able to prove your full name, identity, age, lawful presence in the US and your residency within the state.

Applying for a State I.D. Card

When applying for your state I.D., most states require that you apply for a new card in-person. For renewals, there may be online options available to you. When you visit the DMV, you will need to present a few basic identification items including:

  • Proof of your identity, name, age and your lawful presence in the US (US passport, birth certificate, military ID, etc.)
  • Your Social Security number
  • Proof of residency (utility bill, credit card statement, rental or lease agreement, etc.)

All documents must be either certified originals, certified amended originals or a certified copy. You will also be required to pay a fee for your new identification card and depending on where you apply, you may also be charged a convenience fee.

If you are under the age of 21, you cannot renew your ID until you turn 21 years old. For those over the age of 21, you can choose to renew your card at any point before it expires. Renewals can typically be completed in-person, by mail or online in some areas.